What’s New Wednesday #9

13 Jun

Oh yeah – here it is.  What is new you say??? It can’t be…I love virtual races! I think I am enjoying them because I don’t have to get up early on a weekend, arrange for a babysitter, or drive anywhere to fight for parking!  The only down-side is that we don’t get the awesome cheering from the sidelines, the goody bags, or the fresh fruit and snacks afterwards. I think I can get over it though.

I also think giving directly to causes instead of through events that have costs is much more beneficial!  I love those that provide free race entries of course, but I think that local charities benefit from these as well!  What are some of your favorite charities/causes that you religiously donate to?

I am thinking about hosting a summer racing series to help with my fundraising for Team In Training and to get people to gear up for some fun!  I should have technically started one this month – but I may just start it in July and have the final race on Labor Day…what do you think??  I want to have those who participate in all will get a special prize, and those that enter here and there have other prizes they can earn. I have seen so many fun things through many different races. I think I just need to get my butt in gear and make it happen.  What things do you love about virtual races? What added contests do you enjoy?

I am signed up for both a 5K and 10K race coming up – and if you check back through the previous posts you will find it along with the iBodyFit giveaway….lots of good stuff people!!

So – besides the virtual camaraderie of my blogging buddies – I don’t have a ton going on with running friends up here in the cold, frozen tundra they call Anchorage, Alaska.  You guys are all that I have! (That is not completely true, but I had a schedule that worked with my NC people…it will just take time to get there again!)

Princeton University scientists say they’ve determined exercising in groups, rather than alone, produces better results and is better for the brain.  Many people struggle to maintain a regular exercise schedule on their own, but they do better when they exercise with friends. I completely agree with this information coming from running with friends to just getting new friends to run with.  It is so nice to have that motivation and accountability. Team In Training is getting me back there, but it just isn’t the same so I am struggling with it a bit.  (This is from a study from Princeton University found here: http://phys.org/news11756.html)

I hope if you find any virtual races you will send the info my way! You can email me at mollyritterbeck@gmail.com – shout at me in the comments section, on Twitter @MissMollyDR….really people – I want the info! 🙂

I hope you have found something that you really enjoy and can share with others! Get out there and get moving folks!

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16 Responses to “What’s New Wednesday #9”

  1. Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life June 13, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    I am signed up for a virtual Welcome to Summer 5k/10k. http://www.runninglovingliving.com/welcome-to-summer-virtual-run-5k10k

    I agree with you that virtual races are much more convenient than actual ones, but I think the real thing is more fun!

    • Miss Molly June 13, 2012 at 9:53 am #

      I am signed up for both the 5k and 10k – and I can’t wait!!!

  2. Charissa (@ColourfulPalate) June 13, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    One of my favourite charitable organizations is Gospel for Asia…it’s so great to sponsor a child and provided meals and know that ALL the money goes to the organization. A lot of big sponsorship organizations send a lot of that money to administration. I love big organizations that show they have BIG hearts…

    • Miss Molly June 13, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      I am with you…I worked with The Forsaken Children’s home which spreads the Gospel in Ethiopia. I had missionary friends who actually knew my child! I was so proud the day she was placed in a foster home…I need to get back into that organization with a new child now!

  3. Carly June 13, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    I love the idea of virtual races! I signed up for a 5k, too!

  4. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast June 13, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I’m planning to host a virtual 5 mile/10 mile virtual race over Labor day weekend… the info should be up by the end of the month! I’ll make a note to email you as well. 🙂

  5. DragonLady June 13, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Well, you’ve been finding the virtuals for me so far. LOL

    I just signed up for the Patriot 5K July 4th…

  6. Wild Things Run Free June 13, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Virtual races are fun!! its nice to bask in the glory of the online running community. I especially love the twitter road races!! those are my favorite (not just because theyre free.) 😉

    • Miss Molly June 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      wait…..twitter road races???? I need more info! I love free 🙂

  7. DragonLady June 13, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Have you tried this site?
    http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/virtual-race-home.asp

    • Miss Molly June 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      I saw that when I was googling them last night…i am going to browse it today!

  8. Pavement Runner (@PavementRunner) June 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    There is a fun Twitter Road Race… not sure if that fits in, but thought I would share. You can find it on twitter by searching #TwitterRoadRace.

    Thanks for the post and GOOOOOOOD LUUUUUUUCK!

  9. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf June 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    I’ve never done a virtual race and am now curious. I’ll have to look into this more for the future!

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